Thursday, August 21, 2008

Working again

Hi,

I finally settled down to finish the historical novel (the sequel to my novel Ann Angel's Freedom). So far I had done all of the events that take place in 1848, the year of the German Revolution and I will have to write the flashbacks into the years 1810-1844 now. Just when I started I got my monthly writing-newsletter The Tempest (German only) and guess what: one of the biggest German paperback-publishers just started a competition to find the best historical novel. As if that isn't a sign...

Of course I will now focus on getting the first draft finished as fast as possible. I hope to polish the first 50 pages to the deadline and finish the rest of the rewrite before x-mas. Please keep your fingers crossed for me.

Cat

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

it's a girl

Hi,

I am a bit late with posting but the last few days have been a bit more than I had planned. The most important thing that kept me from posting was the birth of my niece Maggy. Now all of my brothers have at least one child. I am ever so happy that the baby and her mother are well and healthy. Of course my brother is the proudest father ever.

Also I wrote two short-stories that might grow into another novel (as if I hadn't enough of them to start with *grin*). Holly's "Think Sideways"-course is really helping me to focus on my writing. Even when I am not writing I am singing and juggling ideas, scenes or contemplating research results. I feel wonderful.

It could be even better if there weren't more windows to clean before my middle daughter starts school next week ;-)

Cat

Saturday, August 9, 2008

you can fly, too

Hi,

I am currently taking a course by Holly Lisle called "Thinking Sideways - survival school for writers". It does help me a lot to concentrate on my writing. It has just started so I can't tell you much about it, yet, but I found a wonderful posting in the forum. It is by a woman called driftsmoke who lives somewhere in Texas. Here it is:

Anyway, the point of all this is (right on top of my head, see? Laughing ) that it's what you make of it. You love Texas and you feel like you've found your niche, so it's not a negative place. It's where you belong. (I'll tell you it's nice to see someone from "away" not complaining.) Texas is what it is, and that is part of what's cool about it, I think. I call it home because not only is it the only home I've ever known, but also because I wouldn't rather be anywhere else. I'll take it warts (i.e, heat, humidity, crazy rednecks, long drives, insane traffic, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, snakes, mosquitos) and all. These endless two lane highways and lonely stretches claim my heart and soul.

IME (in my experience), the writing is the same thing. It's what you make of it. I've found, personally, that I have to go to the writing--to take it warts and all. I'm not going to go into my little office and find a cup of steaming java and my favorite music waiting for me. I've got to open my mind, breathe in my muse, and start typing. And it feels so good once I start. It is another world, one where I set the rules and create the characters. That alone makes it my niche. I make it or break it; I do it or don't do it--every day. I treat it more like a job than the one I get paid to do because the writing is the job that saves me from myself, poverty of the soul, whatever you want to call it. When I'm writing, I am all I ever wanted to be. And that's enough.

Sometimes stepping into that thousand foot drop is the best thing you can do. You might just fly, you know?

Enjoy the day, it's so nice out there,
Cat

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

being 40

Yesterday I took my eldest, her friend and my nephew to a fun-fair park to celebrate my 40th birthday. We had so much fun getting wet that we didn't even mind the rain in the afternoon. Sunshine dried us fast enough after it.

I was surprised to see how relaxed my eldest can be when the two little ones aren't around. She was even cuddly. I sincerely wish I could have more time with her alone but with the grandparents living 150 km away that isn't easily done.

My current novel is close to the final rewrite and I started to think about new projects. I will write another "33 mistakes" until mid September and a novel set in a 1001 Arabian Nights setting for kids. I'll do some brainstorming over the next week and see what I will come up with. It's always interesting to see what my mind does when I'm not looking.

Keep writing,
Cat